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    Fedora 7 or 8 WMP54GS ndiswrapper


    I just bought a new system with SATA drive. Cannot get Fedora 6 to "see" the sata drive so I stuck in the Fedora 7disk then tried Fedora 8 disk. When I try to use the "built in" module for my BROADCOM 4318 CHIPSET (LINKSYS WMP54GS with Speedbooster version 4), I can "activate" or ifup but I get nowhere. With Fedora Core 6, I could "blacklist bcm43xx" install ndiswrapper and use wmp54gs.inf.

    With Fedora 7 and 8, I try to blacklist the built-in modules but when I "ndiswrapper -l" I get DRIVER INSTALLED (wmp54gs) using alternate driver SSB or BROADCOM43xx or "the built-in". It's frustrating because NDISWRAPPER worked fine in FC6. Neither Fedora 7 nor 8 seem to want to play nice. Does anyone have any thoughts on how to debug the system. Or recommend a better card for wireless. My internet service is through a wireless provider so I really need a good LINUX card.

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    Yesterday I installed ndiswrapper in my Fedora 8. What to do:
    Uninstall completely any previous versions of ndiswrapper.
    Download the latest stable one from here

    Now we are going to remove Fedora 8 in-built drivers
    rmmod b43
    rmmod ssb
    blacklist the modules
    echo "blacklist b43" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
    echo "blacklist ssb" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
    Unpack and install ndiswrapper
    tar -zxvf ndiswrapper-1.50.tar.gz
    cd ndiswrapper-1.50
    make distclean
    make
    make install)
    Then install the Windows drivers
    ndiswrapper -i driver.inf
    Finally
    depmod -a
    modprobe ndiswrapper
    ndiswrapper -ma
    This should get you going.
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    Thanks for the help

    I followed the procedure and everything worked fine. Thank you. If anyone reads this and can answer....

    What does "make distclean" do?

    and

    What does "depmod -a" do?

    Of course the real trick may have been the updated ndiswrapper files.

    These are two steps that I had never done before. But thanks all the same....

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    Glad to help you travismc1.
    If you type `make distclean', then make not only removes the same files as does `make clean' but also the `TAGS', `Makefile', and `config.status' files. (Although it is not evident, this makefile (and `config.status') is generated by the user with the configure program, which is provided in the tar distribution, but is not shown here.)
    also
    Code:
    man <<command>>
    is really helpful
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    I got a warning while compiling ndiswrapper on Fedora 8 ( Linux 2.6.23.1-42.fc8 ).

    *** WARNING: This kernel seems to use 4K stack size option (CONFIG_4KSTACKS); many Windows drivers will not work with this option enabled. Disable CONFIG_4KSTACKS option, recompile and install kernel

    I'm going to ignore it for now and see if my driver works, but I thought I would mention it. Did anyone else get this warning?

    Jason

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    I got this warning also but I had no problem running wireless. Try to get this working and post here any error output. Make sure you are using latest stable version of ndiswrapper
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    4k Stacks

    I have always seen the comment about some drivers use 8K Stacks. I think it's a blanket statement meant to inform what could be a problem after the fact. WMP11 by linksys and WMP54GS both work as is. My problem was that I hadn't tried the latest stable ndiswrapper/make distclean/depmod -a. Everything else I had done had always worked before.

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    Fedora 8 - Dell Inspiron B130 - NDISWRAPPER - BROADCOM 4318

    Tried all of valemon's steps and ran into a problem with not having a link to kernel source when trying to do the make distclean. Found an NDISWRapper installer for 1.48 on Sourceforge and it clued me into what libs I was missing. Was finally able to uninstall 1.48 and install 1.51 and use it on my 4318 windows XPsp2 driver. I know have a wlan0 network connection that won;t activate and Network manager is I use it cannot connect either.

    Any ideas as to how to proceed next for a real linux noob.

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    Code:
    iwlist wlan0 scan
    What is the output of this?
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    Broadcom Working on Dell B130

    Two stupid mistakes. I forgot to blacklist the ssb and then forgot the 0x when entering my key.

    Works now.

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